You know, based on what our Southlake, TX team has always told you regarding dental hygiene that you have to floss once a day. We have explained that when you don’t floss, plaque (and debris) builds up between teeth. Then, it can harden and cause some serious issues for your oral health. Though you’ve got the essentials sorted out, that doesn’t mean a question or two won’t occasionally cross your mind that begs another question: Do I still need to floss? Generally speaking, as mentioned, the answer will always still be “yes!” Ready for some examples, so you can see what we mean? Let’s go!
Your Gums Are Bleeding
If your gums are bleeding, then you may assume flossing is something to be avoided. However, you actually still need to floss. Bleeding gums are often a symptom of gingivitis, which typically happens due to a lack of flossing or brushing. Plaque buildup and tartar inflame and irritate gums, which then bleed. Though you should certainly contact us for a dental checkup and cleaning, so we may offer the care you need (and check in on the cause of your bleeding), you must continue with your dental hygiene. It will prevent even more plaque from causing any further problems.
You Didn’t Eat Any Carbs All Day Long
We know that when you learn about plaque, you learn that its bacteria consume carbs and release acids onto your smile and that this is the start of what makes a lack of dental hygiene so dangerous. However, if you don’t eat any carbohydrates, you figure, hey, I don’t need to floss! You do, though. You need to brush and floss because if you don’t, the plaque in your smile will harden into tartar within as little as only 24 hours. This will cause oral health problems. Floss, so you don’t get tartar between your teeth!
You Burned Or Scraped Your Soft Tissue
Of course, we understand that if you bit into very hot pizza or you chomped down on a chip at the wrong angle, your soft tissue may feel a little uncomfortable. It may include your gums, which makes you think that you should probably skip flossing during dental hygiene today! However, this is not accurate. Instead, you just need to be extra gentle and careful, so you can still remove debris and plaque from between teeth without further aggravating your smile. However, if you feel that the issue is serious and you need a visit, then call us immediately!
Get The Flossing Facts From Us
When you aren’t completely certain about every aspect of your dental hygiene and you would rather seek answers than make assumptions, we invite you to bring your questions in to our team! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.